Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Beloved, this week, we are considering a message
entitled, “Holy Rebellion.”
Sometime ago, a relative of mine brought a girl
who had just arrived from the village to my house. The first night,
she talked throughout in her sleep. I got angry in my spirit that
day but I had to keep quiet as a matter of courtesy since that was
her first night. The following morning, I confronted her and told
her that if she dared have any conversation in her sleep again, both
herself and her invisible partner would be imprisoned and caged.
Behold, that particular night, she did not make a single sound while
she slept. But by the following morning, she carried her things and
left. My warning destabilized her.
The apostles of old had cause to report some
people to God: They said, “O Lord, behold their threatening.” Many
of us reading this message have been threatened in the past while
some are now living under the threat of their enemies. What a big
insult to the children of the living God to be living under such a
condition. Therefore, I want you to get angry in your spirit and
fire these arrows before you read further:
I destablise every witch or wizard warring against my life, in the
name of Jesus.
Let every serpent dispatched against me begin to bite itself, in the
name of Jesus.
Every enemy of my breakthrough, become blind, in the name of Jesus.
1 Samuel 17:38-40: “And Saul armed David with his
armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed
him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour,
and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto
Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David
put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him
five smooth stones out of the brook and put them in a shepherd’s bag
which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand; and he
drew near to the Philistine.”
WHAT ARE THE FORCES OF THE PHILISTINES?
We have modern-day Philistines. They are the
forces threatening the people of God, harassing them and vowing to
cause tragedies in their lives. They are not hiding their evil
intentions. They say it openly just as Goliath was an open enemy.
Verses 41-46: “And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David;
and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the
Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him, for he was
but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the
Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with
staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the
Philistine said to David, come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto
the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said
David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a
spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord
of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite
thee, and take off thine head from thee; and I will give the
carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of
the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may
know that there is a God in Israel.”
What David did at the battlefront could be called
holy rebellion. After all, his mission at the war front was to
deliver food to his elder brothers. But when he got there and saw
someone boasting and threatening the Israelites, he began to ask
questions: “Who is this man threatening the armies of the living
God?” He carried out a holy rebellion and what happened? Goliath
fell. The man had a big head and a big sword too. David therefore
took the sword of Goliath and with it cut off the head of Goliath.
This means that the weapon that the enemies have fashioned against
you shall be used against them, in Jesus’ name.
Difficult circumstances are a fact of life and
there is no human being that can ever be useful without passing
through some obstacles. Jesus Himself had to pass through the cross
to receive glory and honour. The Bible says that He was despised,
forsaken and counted unworthy to live. He was a man of sorrow and
acquainted with grief. His face was not an object that anyone would
like to look at because it was badly spoilt. They plucked His beard.
He passed through agony while on His way to receive glory and
honour. Inquire from anointed men of God and talk to people who have
achieved something for God and they will tell you stories of what
they have passed through.
I can never stop getting amazed at the story of
Elisha. Here was a man who followed Elijah and they worked together
for sometime. The first thing that would surprise a careful student
of the Bible is the fact that there were many students in the school
of the prophets, how come at the crucial stage of Elijah’s ministry,
the only person he could see was Elisha? There must have been
something special about him. He followed his master to the end. When
they passed through Gilgal, Elijah asked him to wait there for him
but he said, “No. As the Lord lives, where you go, I go. I am not
waiting.” As they got to Bethel, Elijah again asked him to wait but
he refused; and on getting to Jericho, when Elijah saw that Elisha
was going to carry out a holy rebellion and was not going to let him
go, he asked what he wanted from him. If Elisha had turned back in
Gilgal, there would have been no opportunity for Elijah to ask him
that question. You may say that he was stubborn but he knew what he
was looking for. When eventually he told his master that he wanted a
double-portion of his anointing, his master said, “You have asked
for a hard thing. However, if you were able to see me when I was
being taken away, it shall be so; otherwise, the request cannot be
met.” Elisha’s final examination was to be able to see Elijah on the
heavenly chariot physically and he saw him. I am convinced in my
spirit that prior to that day, Elisha must have stopped eating for
days because he did not want to miss that golden opportunity. He had
holy rebellion inside his blood. When the chariot came, he saw it
and screamed, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the
horsemen thereof.” He took a further step of rebellion by not
sitting by to watch the chariot; rather he held on to his master and
got part of his garment. Holy rebellion.
If you are a minister with a compassionate heart,
sometimes you find that people are going through unbearable things.
When you hear or see the agonies some people are passing through,
you will thank God for your own situation. Oftentimes, many would
soak ‘gari’ (cassava meal) in water and drink it with some
groundnuts and they would not have health problems, yet they would
complain of being poor. But there are thousands of people who dare
not put one spoon of gari in their mouths, if they do, they will
land in a hospital.
Beloved, many people have serious problems. What
do you make of that man whose wife asked for money for soup and he
said he did not have. The next thing the woman did was to take a
whip and beat him twice. From that day, he lost his mind and started
dancing in the streets. People who did not know the genesis of his
problems would not know what he was passing through. There are
problems but Psalm 34:19: “Many are the afflictions of the
righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” It did not
say few are these afflictions but many, yet the Lord delivers him
out of them all. Verse 20 goes further to say, “He keepeth all his
bones; not one of them is broken.” In essence, the Bible is
reawakening that consciousness in us again, that there would be
opposition and obstacles but at the same time there would be
deliverance for God’s children. It does not matter how long the
problem has existed or what medical doctors have diagnosed. I read
an article in an international magazine in which it is mentioned
that scientists have discovered that prayer is a form of medicine. A
medical doctor who had one particular patient in the ward with his
two lungs already eaten up by cancer, said that by his knowledge,
that patient was not supposed to live for more than two weeks but he
noticed that everyday, his church members gathered around him to
sing and pray. In his anger, he had suggested to them to start
practicing songs for his funeral instead of wasting their time
praying. He said that surprisingly, the man did not die and the way
he got out of that sickness beat his medical knowledge. One year
after, when the man paid him a visit, he decided to carry out a
research on prayer as medicine. He did the work in a hospital where
about 300 patients were on admission. The names of some of them were
listed without mentioning their ailments and some were passed to a
church for prayers. They picked them at random. After six months,
they checked the records and found that only about 20 per cent of
those they did not pray for died while 75 per cent of those that
were prayed for lived. When the man found out that more people
recovered on the prayer list, he was convinced about the power of
Some people cry everyday because of their
problems. They forget that many are the afflictions of the righteous
but the Lord delivers him from them all. The only person who can
prevent you from being delivered from them all is not the devil,
neither is it your pastor, nor your enemies, but yourself. So,
whatever circumstance you are facing, the way you respond to it will
determine whether you will be delivered or not. If you decide to
respond by exercising holy rebellion, you will get out of it. It may
not come quite easily but you will get out.
The circumstances or whatever you face can either
make you a better person or a very bitter person. It can either make
you or mar you. Nothing can break those who exercise holy rebellion.
What the devil wants people to be doing is to be crying everyday
while his demons dance to the music of the crying and weeping.
Psalms 92:12: “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he
shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” What does this mean? We shall
be able to understand this question by taking a closer look at the
life of a palm tree. In the Bible, the palm tree is a symbol for
victory. Revelation 7: 9: “After this, I beheld, and lo, a great
multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds,
and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the
lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” John
12:12-13: “On the next day, much people that were come to the feast,
when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem took branches of
palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna; Blessed
is the king of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” That was
a day of victory.
WHY IS THE PALM TREE SO IMPORTANT?
Scientists tell us that it has a lot of uses. For
example, the fruit is the daily food for millions. What people call
palm-wine is from the palm tree. Fresh palm-wine that is dropping
from the palm tree is not intoxicating. It becomes intoxicating when
it is stored and fermented. It is then that it begins to do the evil
work. The fresh palm-wine from the tree does not contain alcohol and
is very sweet but when human beings want to destroy themselves they
store it to turn it into a chemical. It is the same thing with all
God’s creation. Human beings are the ones who turn a useful thing
into something harmful. The seed from the palm tree is used to
produce animal feed for so many animals. Those who went to
traditional schools know that ropes can be made from the palm leaf
raffia. Part of it is also used to make brooms. The trunk is a
valuable timber. Palm oil, palm kernel and coconut come from the
palm tree. The wonderful thing about the tree is that although it
stands with its feet inside undrinkable waters and with its head in
the sun, yet men can drink the sweetest juice from it, eat the sweet
coconut from it and get some other useful products from it.
Therefore, the palm tree through its inner life can change the
elements in the bad soil so that it can minister growth and strength
to it and it will bear fruit. The righteous is likened unto it. It
means that even though you and I have our feet or root in various
unfavourable environments and situations, or come from a family of
cannibals or from a place where anybody who builds a house dies, or
we come from an environment of bitterness and discouragement, the
Bible says we are like the palm tree. In spite of all odds, we
should grow and grow strong. We reject the evil and assimilate the
Many modern-day Christians are suffering from
spiritual diabetes, too much sugar. They prefer the couch to the
cross. They want to see the ladder descend from heaven like it did
to Jacob but they are not interested in putting their heads on the
pillow of stone. They want to put their heads on nice foam pillows
and they want the ladder of heaven. So, when they have a problem or
encounter an obstacle, they make a big show of it. A lot of parents
have pampered their children unto failure because they don’t
understand that that which makes a person great is that which
hinders him. Psalm 66:9-12: “Which holdeth our soul in life, and
suffereth not our feet to be moved. For thou, O God, hast proved us:
thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the
net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to
ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but
thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” We have to pass
through all these rough roads that the Bible has mentioned before
God can put us in a wealthy place.
Before anyone can become anything in life, one
way or the other, he or she must have been kicked around,
discouraged and oppressed. There is no easy way to winning a crown.
Some people say that they want to grow and become powerful but when
they are tried, they fail. God tries you with one problem or the
other to see how you stand. If He discovers that you fail or you are
unable to withstand the stress of the test, He may withhold the
power. Therefore, the land of opposition is the land of opportunity.
The food of victory is unfavourable circumstances. So, all the
problems you think you are facing now should be seen as an
opportunity to grow unto maturity. They should be seen as an
opportunity for you to advertise God’s power in your life.
We have a Deliverer who is monitoring our lives
and He will not test you beyond what you can carry. The world as it
stands, is managed by God who is the greatest designer. He is the
great Lord of lords. If you believe that this God is your Father,
then you are stronger than any terrible circumstances and obstacles.
When you face an obstacle, your purpose as somebody who is reigning
like a king should be to make the obstacle your servant. Don’t make
your obstacle your master for too long. Unbelief makes many people
to be slaves to their obstacles and problems. Always believe that
you are the master of your problem. As you grow older in faith, are
you becoming better or are you allowing the enemy to blackmail you?
There is the story of Ayo and Ojo who were in the boarding house.
They were put in care of a teacher. In those days when you were in
the boarding house and they put you in the teacher’s house, you are
in trouble because as far as the teacher was concerned, anything
short of first position would not do. Ayo and Ojo were supposed to
look after the ducks owned by the teacher. One day, Ayo mistakenly
killed a duck. He decided to eat the duck as a way of hiding the
mistake. His morning work was to sweep the whole of the sitting
room, clean the kitchen, wash the plates, warm the soup and dress
his master’s children for school before he would get ready for
school. The work of Ojo was to make sure that the grasses around the
house were well cut and the flowers were all watered. The first day
after Ayo ate the duck, he woke up at 6 a.m. and woke Ojo up. But
Ojo told him that he would wake up by 7 a.m. and that Ayo should
make sure he helped him with his morning work if not he would tell
their master that he killed a duck. From then on, Ojo did nothing.
Ayo was doing all the work and was growing lean. Sometimes, when
they were served their meals, Ojo would eat all the meat. When the
teacher noticed that Ayo was getting lean, he asked him what the
problem was. Ayo denied having any problem but one day, he could no
longer bear it so he went to confess to his master and asked for
forgiveness. The master asked him how long ago he killed the duck
and he said, “Nine months ago.” The master said, “Don’t worry. I
have forgiven you.” So, Ayo slept happily for the first time in nine
months. The following morning, Ojo who did not know that Ayo had
sorted himself out woke him up as usual and said, “Have you
forgotten that you killed a duck?” Ayo told him to go ahead and
report. This is how problem blackmails many people. It just dictates
their lives for them. Until you carry out a spiritual rebellion
against an obstacle, it will continue to blackmail and harass you.
There is also negative rebellion. One day in my
school days, some of my colleagues decided to stage a coup against
one student-teacher. My protests did not count as I was voted out.
In those days, when student-teachers go for teaching practice, their
inspectors sometimes stood by the window to observe how they went
about their work. The observer this time was a white man. The
mischievous students got ready for this teacher. They were following
the lesson and co-operating with the teacher until the white man
turned up and they carried out their plan. The teacher said, “Boys,
my boss is by the door, you stand up and greet him.” None of them
stood up. He asked, “Are you deaf?” One of them said, “Your father
is deaf.” He felt insulted and took a whip and said, “Stand up all
of you.” The first boy he tried to beat took the whip from him, cut
it to pieces and ran away. The rest ran out to call the principal.
Before the principal came they had started to sing, “We don’t want
him, he should go. All we are saying is he must go.” That is what we
call demonic rebellion. We are not talking about this type of
rebellion but one targeted at satanic works.
When you are constantly getting worried about a
particular problem it shows that you are the servant of the problem
not his master. If you are feeling that the situation will never
come to an end then you become the servant of the problem. If the
problem becomes your major pre-occupation and is ordering you around
like a military officer it has become the master. If it takes away
your happiness then it has become the master. If you are ready to
try ungodly things, the problem has become your master. Some people
come for prayers and when the desired solution does not come as
envisaged, they backslide. The truth is that the problem has become
their master and they the servants. When a problem is allowed to
dominate the mind, it will paralyse one’s prayer life and make the
person an obedient servant for it will then start dictating all
sorts of commands to the person.
You have to carry out a spiritual coup today,
overthrow the king in charge of the problem by disagreeing with an
obstacle you have been agreeing with for long.
THE WAY OUT
Rebel against the obstacle with the word of God
and prayer. Decide that it is not going to push you around any
longer; instead you will be pushing it all over. One thing some
people don’t know about the devil is how to resist him. The Bible
says, “Resist the devil and it shall flee from you.” You will not
recognise that the devil is a coward until you resist him and you
will be amazed at seeing him run away.
Take your mind completely off the problem; kick
the thought of it out of your mind anytime it tries to come back.
Replace it with the thoughts of the Scriptures.
Treat the obstacle like a dog without teeth by
telling it that the Lord has defeated it on the cross.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Do not let any moment
of sadness cross your spirit.
Fill your spirit with the word of God: this is
how you can turn the obstacle to your servant now.
Avoid faithless people who talk failure and
discouragement because they will drag you further down.
Make positive confessions everyday.
Rebel aggressively against the problem, putting
your faith into full use.
Faith without works, they say is death. So, you
must put your faith to work. Faith says I am going to fight this
battle and I will return. Faith also says, it is well. So, when you
really have faith you would have won the fight before starting.
David killed Goliath before he slew him. How did he do that? He said
to him, “You come against me in the name of your gods but I come
against you in the name of God of hosts. He exercised his faith.
So, I ask you a question: Are you reigning in
life as a king according to Romans 5:17 which says “For if by one
man’s offence death reigned by one, much more they which receive
abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in
life by one, Jesus Christ.”. Or have you allowed your life to be
fully overtaken by problems? Wake up and challenge the problem. Say
no to its continual existence in your life and carry out a holy
rebellion. You will succeed, in Jesus’ name.
1. I challenge all obstacles before me to be
dismantled, in Jesus’ name.
2. All unprofitable trees growing in my life, be uprooted by
fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. I breathe in the healing power of God. (When you say it three
times you take a deep breath into your system. Do it in faith
and as you are breathing out, infirmities will go back to the
sender, in the name of Jesus.)
4. I reject every spirit of error, in the name of Jesus.
5. I refuse to fail in every area of my life, in Jesus' name.